Merced, S. Fork, California, US
2) Snyder Gulch to Main Merced
||III-IV (for normal flows)
SF Merced at Main Merced confluence
SF Merced at Main Merced confluencePhoto by Paul Martzen taken 03/15/07
This section of the SF Merced is class 4 from Snyder Gulch to Hite's Cove and mostly class 3 from
there to the main Merced. It is a beautiful canyon with interesting and long rapids. This section
is a good option for those who do not want to commit to the class 5 rapids upstream in the Wawona to Main Merced
From the take-out on Highway 140, backtrack towards Mariposa, then
turn left onto Triangle Road. At the intersection of Triangle, Darrah and Jerseydale Road, turn
left (north) onto Jerseydale Rd. After nearly 4 miles turn north onto Scott Rd, and follow it to
Hite's Cove Rd. Make sure you have a good map when trying to find these roads and trails
There are two put-in options. The best option is to park at the Snyder Gulch
trailhead. Any regular car can reach this spot. From here hike about 3
miles down the Snyder Gulch trail to the river at Snyder Gulch. This hike gains two miles of
wonderful long class 4 rapids between Snyder Gulch and Hite's Cove. This trail faces
east and gets full morning sun, so it is best to get a very early start. There are several sections
of thick poison oak along the trail, so carry soap to wash off when you reach the river.
You can drive down the Hite's Cove Rd. until you reach the river, but this requires a high
clearance vehicle and 4 wheel drive is recommended. It is a very rough road and slow going.
It will probably take over an hour to drive to the river from the trailhead. This also
reduces the length of the run by over 2 miles.
Other Information Sources:
See The Best Whitewater in California (3rd ed.)
, by Lars Holbek and Chuck Stanley, 1998.
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Last Updated: 2006-05-30 15:18:40